Free In Deed

When a single mother brings her young boy to church for healing, this lonely pentecostal minister is forced to confront the seemingly incurable illness of the child... and his own demons as well. The more he prays, the more things seem to spiral out of his control.


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  • ★★★★ review by Gabriele Capolino on Letterboxd

    There's a lot of Sutton's MEMPHIS in Jake Mahaffy's Venezia 72 Orizzonti winner FREE IN DEED, hopeless and claustrophobic true story set in a land with no God. Have we just discovered a new talent?

  • ★★★½ review by Matthias on Letterboxd

    I felt depressed,

    So naturally a pick a film about a empoverished black woman who struggles with her disabled son, is failed by a disinterested health-care system, and turns to seek help from religious fundamentalists who think the possibility of his healing will validate their needs from an absent God.


    I passed on White Christmas why again?

    On its own the movie is a hard but fascinating viewing (its based on a true story). The camera doesn’t shy away from dragging the audience through this gritty unjust world, and at nearly two hours it feels overtly raw. Still I caught myself checking my watch. The Middle of the film drags a bit until the very late third act.

  • ★★★★½ review by doctorvalo on Letterboxd

    Great cinematography by Ava Berkofsky

  • ★★★★ review by Spesh to Death on Letterboxd

    A powerfully acted religious drama that lets its viewer watch the events unfolding from a distance, never offering a full understanding, or assigning blame, to the events that unfold. There is a startling authenticity to the church scenes that give Free in Deed a raw momentum and continuity and the ending is spot on.

  • ★★★★★ review by Chris Mac on Letterboxd

    Man. What a challenging film. 

    Excellent direction for what seems to be a first time feature. It’s support by the Sundance Institute I’m sure has had a great affect on the all around talent of its production. 

    I think I might have to view it again in order to  dive into my thoughts on the subject matter. Personally, it convicts me as a man of faith to always operate in wisdom in all circumstances. From operating in prayer, giving words of encouragement, and understanding possibly dangerous encounters. 

    Tough film. But very good.

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